Shopfront searches for former students

The search is on for thousands of former students who have studied at the Shopfront Arts Co-op in Carlton.

Since 1976 Shopfront has been in the same building in Carlton Parade.

“During that time 25,000 young people who have passed through its doors are now spread far and wide,”  Shopfront development manager Cathy Nisbet said.

“Shopfront is turning to the local community to help contact their alumni,” she said.

“Did you go to Shopfront? Or maybe your children, siblings or best friends did?

“Shopfront wants them to help spread the word and attend their Festive Fundraiser on Thursday, December 6.

“For generations, Shopfront has been a creative cornerstone of the local community, so it seems only right that we turn to our local community to help us reach out to our 25,000 alumni,” Cathy said.

At 6pm, Thursday, December 6, Shopfront will open its doors to raise a glass to celebrate 42 years of creativity as they raise funds for their future.

Next year they undertake the mammoth task of transforming their space to support an additional 1,160 young people each year.

At their Festive Fundraiser, former students will be able to saunter over the stage, share memories, pore over playbills and see their beloved place of study before the renovations begin.

Former Shopfronters are also invited to come and share their own photos and history, as well as buy a piece of Shopfront history with memorabilia up for grabs.

Tickets are free, although donations are welcome, and are available at